PRESS KIT: COLORED HOSPITAL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/20/2020
Cleveland native, Steven Kendall announces the publication of his latest book, Colored Hospital: Stories Inspired by My Birthplace and a companion podcast/audio drama. The book was inspired by the shocking revelation of a 50 year old family secret that began in Cleveland. The podcast is a soap opera set in 1959 at fictional County Hospital, a.k.a. “Colored Hospital,” the first integrated facility of its kind in Cleveland, Ohio. The pilot episode is available at ThingsNotScene.com.
This passion project, by writer/producer Steven Kendall, is also a homage to his birthplace: Cleveland’s historic, Forest City Hospital, one of Ohio’s first integrated hospitals. During this era, integrated, as well as Black owned hospitals, offered African American doctors and nurses, career opportunities often denied to them elsewhere.
Steven’s book was published on March 30, 2019 (National Doctors’ Day), in honor of his late mother’s birthday and to celebrate the doctor who delivered him. (MEDIA: A free PDF version of the book is available upon request.)
Steven Kendall is the author of several books including: God's Glorious Christian Soldiers and New Jack Cinema: Hollywood’s African American Filmmakers. A graduate of Temple University and The American University, Kendall is a former Assistant Professor of film, video and Internet courses at American University, Montgomery College and the University of Virginia. Due to a neuromuscular disease, Steven retired after a long career as a teacher, and as a writer/producer for corporate clients and cable networks, including BET.
In retirement, Steve enjoys spending time with his lovely
wife, and wondering if, what many tell him is true,
“You look like the grandpa from the TV show, Black-ish!”
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(Composite photo of Steven and Actor, Laurence Fishburne.)
Laurence Fishburne Photo credit:
Dept. of Defense photo by Navy Petty
Officer 2nd Class, Dominique A. Pineiro,
National Memorial Day Concert, 5/28/17